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Venus ready to rule


Venus Williams has lost just one match this year
BBC tennis correspondent Iain Carter looks forward to Venus Williams becoming the world number one next week.
Venus Williams doesn't have to do much more to prove herself as the best in the world - and now that opinion is about to become a statistical fact.

The Wimbledon and US Open champion can afford the highly unlikely luxury of first-round defeat in Dubai next week and still go to the top of the world rankings.



It would be easy to dismiss this as a statistical quirk if it wasn't for the fact that when she's fit no one can match Williams

Iain Carter
Williams will become the 10th world number one since the rankings were first introduced in 1975, and it would surely have happened a lot earlier had she adopted a fuller playing schedule.
Despite Jennifer Capriati's heroics in retaining her Australian Open title in January, Williams is without doubt the best female player in the world.

Injury contributed greatly to the fact that she failed to win a third Grand Slam in a row in Melbourne, and her quarter-final loss there to Monica Seles is her only defeat this year.

Williams has collected titles at the Gold Coast, Paris and Antwerp tournaments and now sets her sights on the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open which starts on Monday.

Capriati absent

Capriati won't be there and so loses the 141 ranking points she accrued in the same week last year.

Jennifer Capriati will lose her number one status


Williams takes over at the top because she moved to within 137 points of the Australian and French Open champion by beating Justine Henin in the Antwerp final.

It would be easy to dismiss this as a statistical quirk if it wasn't for the fact that, when she's fit, no one can match Williams for power, athleticism and big match temperament.

She has now replaced Capriati at the top of the rankings to become the sport's first African/American number one since Arthur Ashe led the men's game in 1975.

What price Williams succeeding Capriati as champion at Roland Garros come June?

Fairly short odds I would suggest, though Williams has never done herself justice on the Parisian clay.

Ominously, for the rest, that's her next major challenge.
 

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The thumbs up says it all :)
 

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quote from Iain Carter of the BBC
Venus Williams has lost just one match this year...
...[and]doesn't have to do much more to prove herself as the best in the world...

...it would be easy to dismiss this as a statistical quirk if it wasn't for the fact that when she's fit no one can match Williams...

...Williams will become the 10th world number one since the rankings were first introduced in 1975, and it would surely have happened a lot earlier had she adopted a fuller playing schedule...Williams is without doubt the best female player in the world...
Great article. Venus is on top of the world.
 

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although I agree, the BBC are not clued up about tennis. They predicted Tim Henman to win the Aus Open ....
 

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What? Did I write this article? lmao

Anyway this is what we fans of tennis have been wishing for for awhile now. Venus is the #1 player in the WORLD and she is in a select group. GO VENUS:)
 

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Wondelful article:)

Veryborednow...One thing is a prediction another thing is a description;)
 

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the BBC did but Iain Carter he didn't..

He is one who knows his tennis unlike so called ex-pros who only see things thru rose-tinted glasses
 

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This writer must have been reading some of my post. :eek: :p :wavey:
 
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